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The governor races that were already won
by Nathan'ette Burdine: November 10, 2014

Most of the talk about the 2014 mid-term elections has been about the races that are too close to call.

But, there were races that could have been called before voters went to the poll to cast a ballot.

The races where the incumbent governors were guaranteed to win were in California, Ohio, South Carolina, and New York. In all of these races, the incumbent led the opponent by at least 17 percentage points before election day.

Based on the Columbus Dispatch poll that was released on November 2, 2014, Ohio Gov. John Kasich had the largest lead of 28 percentage points, 62% to 34%, over his Democratic opponent Ed Fitzgerald.

Kasich won a second term with 64% of the vote to Fitzgerald’s 33%. The CBS/NYT/YouGov poll, which was released on October 27, 2014, showed New York Gov.

Andrew Cuomo leading his Republican opponent Rob Astorino by 25 percentage points (56% to 31%).

After the election, Cuomo had 54% to Astorino’s 41%. A LA Times/USC poll, which was released on October 27, 2014, showed California Gov. Jerry Brown leading his Republican opponent Neel Kashkari by 19 percentage points (56% to 37%).

Brown defeated Kashkari by 18 percentage points (59% to 41%). And a CBS/NYT/YouGov poll that was released on October 27, 2014, showed South Carolina Gov. Nikki Halley leading Vincent Sheheen, a Democrat, by 17 percentage points (50% to 33%). Haley won a second term with 56% of the vote to Sheheen’s 41%.

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